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FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attends a joint news conference with Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (not pictured) in Doha, July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon


BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel cancelled a planned appearance alongside his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday because of health reasons, the German foreign ministry said in a statement.

Gabriel had been due to attend a public ceremony celebrating German-Russian youth exchanges alongside Lavrov, with whom he would later have given a news conference. The ministry said State Secretary Markus Ederer would replace Gabriel at the first event, while the news conference would be cancelled.

(Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Paul Carrel)